Dermatology Arts is pleased to offer Mohs surgery to our patients who have been diagnosed with certain non-melanoma skin cancers. Our skilled Mohs surgeon, Dr. Nima Gharavi has completed a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and is also board certified in dermatology and dermatologic surgery. To learn more about Dr. Gharavi, please click the Providers' tab above.
Mohs surgery begins with the surgeon removing the visible part of the skin cancer. Because cancer cells are not visible to the naked eye, the surgeon also removes some skin that looks normal but may contain cancer cells. This part of the surgery is performed one layer at a time. After removing a layer of skin, it is prepared so that the surgeon can examine it under a microscope and look for cancer cells. If the surgeon sees cancer cells, the surgeon removes another layer of skin. This layer-by-layer approach continues until the surgeon no longer finds cancer cells. In most cases, Mohs surgery can be completed within a day or less. The cure rate for skin cancer is high when Mohs surgery is used.
If one of our board-certified dermatologists or physician extenders determines that you are a good candidate for Mohs surgery, an appointment will be made and you will be given information regarding the type of skin cancer that will be removed, as well as information on the surgery itself and what to expect on the day of the procedure. Please notify the physician or nurse if you are taking any blood thinning medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or coumadin.